Hey guys, what's the problem?

Retirement, that's what!

(This website was updated on Saturday 13 December 2014)

The Gosport Shed provides workshop facilities and a friendly meeting place for older men. It is available for community projects and for members' own projects and hobbies.

St Vincent College main gate

Aerial view 1970

Our Shed has been established because many older men find that retirement takes away most of our friends and our sense of purpose, leaving us vulnerable to physical illness and depression. The Gosport Shed provides a new network of friends and a renewed sense of purpose - it's a good reason to get up in the morning!

Men's Sheds started in Australia, where there are now more than 900, and are spreading around the world. In the UK there are about 27 Sheds, several of them supported by AgeUK, and a UK Mens Shed Association has recently been formed.

Our premises at St Vincent are not far from the center of Gosport and have good transport links. The post code (for those with SatNav's) is PO12 4QA.

We are refurbishing our workshop and social room in this new venue. It is a wonderfully peaceful location, and we hope to have a lot of space for projects of all sorts.

The founding of the Gosport Shed

On 17th May 2013 we held an Open Meeting which was attended by about 35 people, including members of several local voluntary agencies, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, the National Health Service, veterans organisations and our MP, Caroline Dinenage. The meeting unanimously supported the Shed, and 21 men joined us on the spot.

The Gosport Shed on video

Our initial Open Meeting was filmed by Utility Films of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, who specialise in films on community subjects. They have generously made us a video which gives a very good picture of the meeting and the aims of The Gosport Shed. See: http://vimeo.com/67644996

Co-op sponsorship for The Gosport Shed

Southern Co-operatives, which has eight shops in our town, has generously agreed to sponsor us, and will also support the making of two films about Men's Sheds by Utility Films of Ventnor, Isle of Wight. One film is about how we set up The Gosport Shed, the other is about a variety of Sheds in the southern half of the UK.
The Co-op is giving us a start-up grant and will also allow us to use their Gosport shops to promote the Shed and collect donations.

We are delighted about this. The Co-op shares our values and our commitment to local communities, and it employs a lot of local people. Our founder, Martin Corrick, is a long-term member of the Co-op, and so was his mother (sad fellow that he is, Martin can still recall her Co-op number: 107316).

Please contact us if you would like to be involved with The Gosport Shed.

The Gosport Shed is grateful for support from many sources, including Gosport Voluntary Action, Gosport Older Persons Forum, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Councillor Bob Forder, Caroline Dinenage MP, Fareham and Gosport CCG, BrendonCare, SSAFA, Southern Co-operatives, HMS Sultan, the Round Table, BBC Solent, ASDA, Gosport Road Racers, Waitrose, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport Rotary Club, Co-op Funeral Care, Rowner Rd and the Portsmouth News.

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